Every second Wednesday, the editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit, Sonia Chopra, shares what’s going on at BA – the stories she likes to read, the recipes she has made and much more. If you Sign up for our newsletterYou will get your letter before anyone else.
Like many of you, I am appalled by the mounting and continuing attacks on Asians and Asian Americans in this country. It haunts Listen about This event over the US, and I have been read most all me can receive my hands onI’m trying to find out what I can do.
It is easy – and not wrong – to say that it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the wide variety of “Asian foods” that education can go a long way in enhancing our collective understanding of the different communities and cultures that make up America exists, and expanding that food is a good place to start. In the table below, I highlight a few recipes and essays that show the wide variety of ingredients, techniques, and traditions associated with celebrating the New Year this year full With fear and fear when it lined up with the increased number of attacks on Asian Americans. During the holidays, the stories and recipes are evergreen.
But, as we all know, talking to Essen about what is going on in the world around us is not enough. What happens in Chinatowns and elsewhere in the US, as well as in Chinese, East and Southeast Asian restaurants, is much more than what we eat. “Americans like Chinese food,” said Jenny Zhang writes about eater“But they don’t love the people who make it.” She continues, “They treat Chinatowns like their playgrounds, their residents like backdrops for photos. They grab the products of Chinese labor and beat them down on the street with the same hands. “
I’ve asked so many people what they are doing to help and the answer I have heard the most is to put money into and empower community organizations. Restaurateur Eric Sze, part of the newly founded #Enough is enough Initiative in New York City, says Vice that the group formed because they are “trying to focus on empowering people and showing them that the little guy matters too”. Today I am donating to the new AAPI Community Fund in collaboration with Go Fund Me. My colleague and Allure Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Lee, announced that I will be donating money to “a group of fully vetted community organizations that work for #StopAsianHate.” And BA’s director of research, Joey Hernandez, shared four additional resources below that have been reviewed by the Asian American Journalists Association.
- Stand against hatred, an incident reporting center founded by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national association that advocates the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities
- Stop AAPI Hate, an incident reporting center administered by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University
- The Asian and Pacific Islander American Health ForumThe Community Care Package, a weekly newsletter of mental health and counseling resources, Covid-19 updates in multiple languages, and stories from different communities designed to inspire.
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Association for Mental HealthThe state-organized directory of mental health service providers for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
I would love to learn from you, especially if you do something to #StopAsianHate in your community. I am [email protected].